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Issue #95 – Real Fake Newsletter

Menno van Doorn
January 26, 2023

OpenAI Used Kenyan Workers on Less Than $2 Per Hour to Make ChatGPT Less Toxic

“In its quest to make ChatGPT less toxic, OpenAI used outsourced Kenyan laborers earning less than $2 per hour, a TIME investigation has found.”

Don’t you make ChatGPT more toxic if you hire cheap laborers?

Robert Pattinson Responds To Bizarre Viral Deepfake Of Himself

The account @unreal_robert has 1.1 million followers, and since May 2022, it’s been home to a surreal archive of absurd deepfakes of the actor. “I know, it’s terrifying,” Pattinson told the Evening Standard. “The amount of people who know me quite well and will still be like, ‘Why are you doing these weird dancing videos on TikTok?’ It’s really bizarre. You just realize that we’re two years away from it being indistinguishable from reality. And what on Earth am I going to do as a job then?”

A Chatbot That Lets You Talk With Jesus And Hitler Is The Latest Controversy In The AI Gold Rush

“Having pretend conversations with Hitler — and presumably other well-known antisemites from history — is deeply disturbing and will provide fodder for bigots”

What could possibly go wrong??? Also read this article.

When Online Fandom Goes Too Far

“At the end of the day, fandoms are grey areas: on the one hand, they can be a place where you can really belong and feel included but, on the other, they can also take over your life. […] The problem comes when people weaponize their enthusiasm and community as a way to attack or harm others that don’t agree.”

What 2020’s Memes Meant For Online Culture

“There were a lot of memes this year and a lot of them have had noticeable effects on meme culture, both good and bad. […] If there’s one thing you should absolutely not forget about 2022, it’s the impact that artificial intelligence had on the meme landscape.”

How ChatGPT Will Destabilize White-Collar Work

In the next five years, it is likely that AI will begin to reduce employment for college-educated workers. As the technology continues to advance, it will be able to perform tasks that were previously thought to require a high level of education and skill. This could lead to a displacement of workers in certain industries, as companies look to cut costs by automating processes. While it is difficult to predict the exact extent of this trend, it is clear that AI will have a significant impact on the job market for college-educated workers. It will be important for individuals to stay up to date on the latest developments in AI and to consider how their skills and expertise can be leveraged in a world where machines are increasingly able to perform many tasks.”

Will AI replace jobs? I wonder. I think that AI will be more like a co-pilot, like an assistant that will help people reach their true potential. Becoming more creative, more productive. What do you think?

ChatGPT Is a Mirror of Our Times

AI holds up a mirror to ourselves, revealing in its shortcomings what cannot be automated and algorithmized: in other words, what constitutes the core of humanity. “

Kim Kardashian As A British Chav

@kimandnorth@kimandnorth ♬ original sound – Lily

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Kim Kardashian has left fans in hysterics after giving herself a “British Chav”-makeover as part of a viral TikTok challenge. The trend sees TikTokers transform themselves with heavy-handed makeup to the sound of Millie B’s “M to the B” diss track.

TikTok Is The New Search Engine

Atlas Gets A Grip


Real Fake is a weekly newsletter in which SogetiLabs’s Research Institute VINT examines the future where synthetic reality becomes part or our objective reality. We investigate the impact of new technology on people, organisations and our society. If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact us. You can reach us at

About the author

Director and Trend Analyst VINT | Netherlands
Menno is Director of the Sogeti Research Institute for the Analysis of New Technology (VINT). He mixes personal life experiences with the findings of the 19 years of research done at the VINT Research Institute. Menno has co-authored many books on the impact of new technology on business and society.


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